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Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen
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May 22, 12

Read in May, 2012

I can't seem to get ahold of Jonathan Franzen. He's kinda clever, kinda funny, kinda well-spoken, but what's his thing? What's he thinking? Is he hip, cool, irrational? I read this whole collection of essays and I'm still not sure. I liked but never loved some of his stuff, sympathized with a few of his ideas (in particular, his feeling that technological advances are rarely cool, largely useless but nonbothersome, and sometimes screw your Grand-pah lifestyle over, as with Microsoft Word), but what else? I left walking away knowing more about David Foster Wallace than I did about Franzen.
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